Momo continues to raise the bar with each exhibition, his most recent exhibition “Butt Joints” has proved to be one of the artists best to date. The exhibit was hosted by May Space in New Orleans, a large raw building perfect for an installation. Butt Joints refers to the technique used to join large pieces of wood together for his large wood sculptures made for the installation. With the large space Momo chose to work with multiple mediums and scale, a large Mural is the backdrop to multiple large sculptures that extend into the space. The fluid geometry of the sculpture could resemble a reflection of his brushstroke, or the extension of color into the whole space of the room. As you walk through this space you are also able to see works on paper and paintings that complete the scale range of the whole exhibition. An impressive exhibition that rivals that of any contemporary artist outside our genre.
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“May is a raw bunker-like space by the St Claude Rail Yard, perfect for oversized installations. Butt Joints describes the method of marrying plywood together that will help us build something large yet simple within May’s space. Paint applied to these wooden forms will demonstrate my mural techniques and concerns, with the aim of revealing something about paint in space and our sensual experience of it.
I’m very happy to create a show in New Orleans. I’ve been visiting when I wasn’t living here, since 2001, and I owe a lot to this place and it’s great people.” – MOMO
Butt Joints is a solo exhibition comprised of all new context specific artwork. MOMO’s current creative trajectory has led him further into color theory, abstract geometric constructions, and layering. MOMO’s work is typically considered outdoor art, or work made for the public, lending to its broad accessibility and popularity. Additionally, his work is so visually and conceptually accessible, making it easy and enjoyable to view and relate to. His exhibition at May will consist of a floor to ceiling wall mural, colorful large scale hanging sculptures, paintings on canvas, prints, and signed limited edition zines.
Born in San Francisco, MOMO has travelled most of his life, lived in New York for six years and currently keeps a studio in New Orleans. He has collaborated with Marie Lorenz, Melissa Brown, Piet Dieleman, Eltono, and Yohji Yamamoto. In 2008 Rojo published his first monograph “3AM-6AM”, in 2012 Studio Cromie published his second, “In 74 Pieces”. In 2009 Y-3/Adidas produced the “MOMO” shoe after a collaborative F/W Y-3 show on a 5000 sq ft catwalk mural. Arts residency The Studios of Key West hosted his “Public Art in Private Spaces” project in Key West, Florida in 2010. In 2011 the Fountainhead Residency in Miami hosted production of his “Miami Paintings” series. http://momoshowpalace.com/